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René Doursat

René Doursat is a researcher/lecturer in computer science and Alife, currently at CNRS and Ecole Polytechnique, Paris. After a detour through the Bay Area's software industry, he returned to academia in 2004, first as a visiting professor at the University of Nevada, then at the Complex Systems Institute, Paris, which he directed for two years. He founded the field of "Morphogenetic Engineering" to reconcile self-organization with architecture in artificial systems inspired by biological development.

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ECAL 2015 showcases a wide range of topics in Artificial Life, bringing together world-leading researchers to discuss the latest advances in Artificial Life, discussing the main conference themes of Embodiment, Interaction, Conversation.

Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems

ALIFE 14, the Fourteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, presents the current state of the art of Artificial Life—the highly interdisciplinary research area on artificially constructed living systems, including mathematical, computational, robotic, and biochemical ones. The understanding and application of such generalized forms of life, or “life as it could be,” have been producing significant contributions to various fields of science and engineering.

Over the past two decades, biological knowledge has grown at an unprecedented rate, giving rise to new disciplines such as systems biology, testimony of the striking progress of modeling and quantitative methods across the field. During the same period, highly speculative ideas have matured, and entire conferences and journals are now devoted to them.